Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Meet the Weeping Octopus

Something cute this way comes! An octopus, she is, with large polka dots on her face. Can you see the two knotted flowers?

She is sleeping on my design sketch above. After watching a fantastic documentary on Discovery Channel, I have been haunted by these beautiful and intelligent cephalopods...so absorbed that I knitted my octopus in one evening ;-). Changes were made, as usual; her eyes are closed with a blue crystal teardrop dangling. Somehow I recalled that in Homer's Iliad, there was a scene in which Helen appeared before the wise men of Troy. After lines of abstract praises on her beauty, it ended with "...a teardrop on her face". So be it.

I wanted it to be both fun and practical, so I chose a cotton/elastic yarn that produces a soft machine-washable fabric which stretches and does not need to be lined. It is large enough for my cell phone, purse, and keys.

Her tentacles are not fully functional yet, for now there is no beads in fitting colors around the house. Somehow I like how she looks already, without the suction cups. What do you think?


Lois said...

so adoreable! i want to knit one too.

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